Izzy and Annie are best friends and in the 8th grade. They don’t quite fit in with the popular crowd and like most middle-graders Izzy and Annie wish...moreIzzy and Annie are best friends and in the 8th grade. They don’t quite fit in with the popular crowd and like most middle-graders Izzy and Annie wish to be more like those that time seems to stop for. They’re tired of being the outsiders. Together, along with a couple other girls in the same predicament, form the Flirt Club. As members of this secret club they take notes on how the popular kids flirt. They hope to learn a lot from their observations and be so bold to draw enough attention and attract boys their way.
Their plan begins to work when Izzy starts dating the most popular boy in school. Instantly Izzy becomes popular which jeopardizes her and Annie’s friendship. As hearts are broken and lessons are learned, the girls discover that true friendship is what matters most and being popular isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
This book was entirely put together as notes being passed back and forth or dairy entries. It seemed a little out of date for the modern middle-grader. For example, the rock bands mentioned I remember from 30 years ago. I really don’t think a 13/14 year old is going to relate to the music their parents grew up on. Also, modern technology was barely mentioned. I think there was one mention of a cell phone. I might be wrong but do kids still pass notes back and forth or do they text? Annie and her constant announcement of her bowel movements happening or not happening was a little annoying. Yes, I know she was an immature 8th grader but really??? Do 14 year old girls talk about their bowel movements??? Maybe their periods but bowel movements??? I really doubt it. I also was a little disappointed that this book was geared toward middle-grade girls and in it was the mention of boys pressuring girls to have sex and grabbing of the boobs. Having sex so young was portrayed as wrong in the book but “2nd base” was okay. DON’T THINK SO!!!
It was a cute little read but I have to say I’m sad that my 14 year old won’t be reading it unless I edit some things out.
One more thing…who’s the girl on the cover??? Izzy had black hair & Annie and red.
I can see why the ‘Rudy Oliver’ books are a big hit with teen readers. Rudy is annoying, (what teen girl isn’t) ye...more~I won this ARC from the publisher.~
I can see why the ‘Rudy Oliver’ books are a big hit with teen readers. Rudy is annoying, (what teen girl isn’t) yet very likeable. This is my first of the series and if I want a fun quick read, I will pick up the first 3. I liked all the characters and found myself wishing I knew a little more about them. I’m sure the other books give a better understanding of who they were, still in this one little book, I had a good perceptive of each one. It was nicely put together for the new reader just coming into the story. I’m usually not a fan of stupid parents in YA books. It’s over done but in this one it was done in a way that came across as entertaining.
In my opinion Jodi Picoult is one of the better authors out there. She knows how to weave a tale and I marvel at the amount of research she must do be...moreIn my opinion Jodi Picoult is one of the better authors out there. She knows how to weave a tale and I marvel at the amount of research she must do before completing a novel. Although ‘Vanishing Acts’ was not one of my favorites of hers, I believe it was executed brilliantly.
For as long as Delia can remember, it has always been her and her widower father. He’s a good man who works at the local old folk’s home. So when the police come knocking on their door one day accusing him of kidnapping her, Delia is floored to learn her mother is still living and she was snatched up years ago by the man she has always looked up to. Now lost in the mess of her father’s trial, Delia must also try to connect to the past she’s never known and her daily struggles as a mother, daughter, friend and lover.
This story goes back and forth from many different characters. I believe each character was developed nicely with something to contribute. I did find it a little predicable at times. I was surprised at the end though. I think I would’ve liked the book a little more if Delia made a different decision in the end. (less)
Gripping page turner, Gregory Funaro holds nothing back. I cringed at times and that’s hard to make me do when reading a book. This book is not for ev...moreGripping page turner, Gregory Funaro holds nothing back. I cringed at times and that’s hard to make me do when reading a book. This book is not for everyone. Violent. If you like Stephen King’s writing, you’ll like what Funaro has to offer. Like King, Funaro can put you into the head of a killer and his/her victim. Great writing style with some of the best developed characters I have ever known. I loved the killers back story and why he became who he did.
Thanks Mr. Funaro for the signed ARC! It was greatly enjoyed! (less)
I really like Daniel Wallace’s writing style. This was the first book I’ve read by him and I’m sure I’ll read more.
Henry’s father is a widower has fa...moreI really like Daniel Wallace’s writing style. This was the first book I’ve read by him and I’m sure I’ll read more.
Henry’s father is a widower has fallen on bad times and takes a job in a hotel in the 1930’s. There his two children, Henry and Hannah, spend their days exploring. One day Henry comes across a room with a man whom is as white as snow. Without Hannah, he secretly starts to visit this man who is the devil (Mr. Sebastian) and he begins to teach Henry magic. Henry has a talent and one day, with Hannah as his assistant, he puts on a magic show for their father. Henry makes his sister disappear and she never comes back. Henry knows that Mr. Sebastian has stolen her. He now devotes his life to kill the devil.
As Henry grows, his talents are discovered but because there are so many white magicians, he’s not anything special. When he is given the opportunity to become black he takes it, not only because he needs to make a living but because he wants to be everything opposite of Mr. Sebastian.
This book is the tale of Henry Walker’s life both as a white and black magician. Sometimes he succeeds, sometimes he fails but in all he never forgets his little sister and what he has promised to do. (less)
Five years have passed. Will is no longer an apprentice and has earned the title of Ranger. Will has agreed to take over the post of an older Ranger t...moreFive years have passed. Will is no longer an apprentice and has earned the title of Ranger. Will has agreed to take over the post of an older Ranger that has decided to retire. While settling in at his new place, Will notices how relaxed and foolish the people are around him. Because of their relaxed ways, they come under attack. Will is able to reason with the invaders and they agree not to attack as long as they can leave peacefully with supplies for the winter. After sending them back to their ships satisfied, Will is surprised with an old friend from his childhood. Alyss has come with a secret assignment from Will’s mentor, Halt.
Will now must give up his Ranger ways and pretend to be a jongleur (a traveling performer) to spy on the goings on and apparent sorcery that is taking over another kingdom.
Just like all the previous ‘Ranger Apprentice’ books this one too was a thrill to read. It’s full of page turning suspense and action. This book ended on a huge cliff hanger/climax…which is driving me crazy!!! I really wish John Flanagan would have combined books 5 & 6 together. (less)
Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! If only I could write like Jonathan Stroud. What a story teller. Even though many of his main characters are prideful sn...moreLoved it! Loved it! Loved it! If only I could write like Jonathan Stroud. What a story teller. Even though many of his main characters are prideful snoots, they are likeable in their own ways. I loved Kitty’s spunk, Nathaniel's arrogance and of course who couldn't love the know-it-all Bartimaeus with his endless genie jabs. I was captured from the beginning all the way to the end. The same day I finished this story, I went out and picked up the next. (less)
Sarah doesn’t understand why she and her family must wear the yellow stars her mother has sewn on their clothes. She doesn’t understand why she can’t...moreSarah doesn’t understand why she and her family must wear the yellow stars her mother has sewn on their clothes. She doesn’t understand why she can’t go to the movies or swim in the public pool. It’s not until she and her parents are forced from their home and sent with many other Jews to holding areas that she begins to understand that her life is not important to those that have herded her people together. Sarah must escape before being forced on a train and sent to her death. She is frightened for her life but what frightens her most is that before she was forced from her home, she locked her little bother in a secret cabinet in hopes to protect him from the police that came to get them.
I thought this story had a lot of potential but I was so annoyed by the modern day inserts that Sarah’s story became lost. I liked all the parts with Sarah and felt cheated when I didn’t get to know her as an adult. Instead I was stuck with characters that I didn’t connect with and who kept frustrating me. (less)
What a ride! What a book! When I started reading, ‘The Life of Pi’, I only knew a few things. It was about a boy from India & a tiger, both stuck...moreWhat a ride! What a book! When I started reading, ‘The Life of Pi’, I only knew a few things. It was about a boy from India & a tiger, both stuck on a life boat. My first thought was, ‘how boring. I’m not going to relate to this boy, and the tiger must be a tamed over grown kitty cat that will keep him alive catching fish with its monster size paws’. How wrong was I!
I don’t think you can discuss this book without giving some of it away. I’ll try to be as vague as I can.
Pi loves God. Not only is he a Hindu, he is also a Christian and a Moslem. While he practices all three religions he helps out on his family’s zoo. The day comes when Pi’s father decides to sell the zoo and move his family to Canada. On the ship they take across the ocean, Pi’s family also tends to some of the zoo animals that have been sold to North American zoos.
During a storm the ship sinks. Pi is the only human survivor, but not the lone survivor. Soon the life boat Pi is on begins to save not only him but a few zoo animals too. One by one the animals die until there is only Pi & the tiger left. For 227 days they survive together. Pi is in constant fear for his life and must dominate the boat or be eaten by the tiger.
In the end you are knocked for a loop and you question the entire experience. I must read for those who don’t have light hearts and who can take endings that keep you questioning about what really happened. (less)
So far ‘The Battle For Skandia’ is my favorite in the Ranger’s Apprentice series. Its action packed! Friendships deepen and characters become even mor...moreSo far ‘The Battle For Skandia’ is my favorite in the Ranger’s Apprentice series. Its action packed! Friendships deepen and characters become even more likeable.
Will and the Princess Cassandra have been placed in slavery. Will, a ranger’s apprentice and Cassandra, better known as Evanlyn, have been separated. Evanlyn is how a house maid and Will has the daunting task of being placed in the yard. In the yard very few slaves live past their first year. Even though Will is physically strong, he is not strong enough to withstand the frigid cold and labor he is forced to endure. After a day of hard labor, Will retires for the day only to discover his single blanket has been stolen. To his relief a fellow slave gives him a plant to chew that takes all aches away and somehow warms him up. What Will doesn’t know is that he has just become addicted to a drug.
Halt has sworn to his apprentice that he will find him and bring him home. When the king refuses for him to leave the kingdom grounds and find Will, Halt does the unthinkable and gets himself ban for a year. Will’s old friend Horace, a knight apprentice, joins Halt in finding Will and Evanlyn.
The story goes back and forth as both groups go through trials and adventures until they meet up. Together they pull their talents together and help the very people that placed Will and Evanlyn in slavery.
When returning home the princess hopes her and Will's friendship will blossom into more. Now seeing the princess as who she really is, Will can't help but feel inferior. He declines the kings invitation that will allow him to be as noble as a knight and leaves with his mentor to finish his apprenticeship. (less)
Through letters Ivy Rowe tells her life story while growing up in Appalachia in the 1900 though the early 1970’s. At the young age of twelve Ivy start...moreThrough letters Ivy Rowe tells her life story while growing up in Appalachia in the 1900 though the early 1970’s. At the young age of twelve Ivy starts her tale.
Ivy is a normal little mountain girl who has family responsibilities, adventures and trials. As she grows, with much potential and the opportunity to move from poverty and attend a University, she discovers that she is trapped back in her current situation. Trying to make the best of it and never looking back with regret, she moves forward and accepts her fate and embraces live as an Appalachian woman.
This book is full of joyful moments, life shattering mistakes/regrets, and heart wrenching ends. Written in the old Appalachia voice, one can’t help but fall in love with this book and its characters.
Now that I live in Appalachia, I get a glimpse of Ivy Rowe almost every day with the people I meet. I love where I live and love the people that share their family stories. This book is very believable to the things I’ve had the pleaser to hear from the real people that surround me. (less)